Originally published in Cedarburg News Graphic on Tuesday, March 7, 2023.
The Thiensville Village Park ReImagined Committee is one step closer to completing fundraising for a new splash pad after being awarded a $10,000 grant from the Mequon-Thiensville Community Foundation.
“We can’t thank the Mequon-Thiensville Community Foundation enough for this generous grant as well as the many other grants they’ve issued to the village for various improvements,” Village Administrator Colleen Landisch-Hansen said.
The grant helps close the $150,000 gap needed to begin construction on the new park addition, which will feature water jets as well as programmable lighting, according to the committee’s press release. One hundred of the funds raised at this year’s Gala in the Park in June will be dedicated toward this effort.
“The Village Park is already a great destination for kids and adults, but the splash pad will provide added enjoyment for several groups. Adults can enjoy the mood from the colorful lighting during their walks year-round, and kids of many ages and abilities can enjoy playing in the water in the summer,” MTCF President Lori Lorenz added.
Serving as a financial resource to fund projects set on improving the quality of life, the non-profit organization partnered with Thiensville last year.
Led by Port Washington State Bank’s Vice President/Director of Marketing Tarrah Beyer and Assistant Vice President and Manager of PWSB’s Thiensville location Heather Mader, Village Park ReImagined is devoted to improving the park’s quality for all community members by providing new gathering spaces as well as enhancing community events.
The group’s early phase improvements to the park included the installation of the entryway arch, upgraded restrooms, new playground equipment and the addition of the PWSB River Stage.
Director of Community Services/Public Works Andy LaFond said they’re also working toward adding pickleball courts, ice skating and a new pavilion.